Rooms by the Sea (1951) by Edward Hopper

Rooms by the Sea - Edward Hopper - 1951

Artwork Information

TitleRooms by the Sea
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions101.98 x 73.66 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationYale University Art Gallery (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US

About Rooms by the Sea

“Rooms by the Sea,” by Edward Hopper, is an oil on canvas artwork created in 1951. Rather than being an example of Surrealism, it is more appropriately classified within American Realism, with surrealist elements noted in its eerie quietude and uncanny juxtapositions. The artwork measures approximately 101.98 x 73.66 cm and is categorized within the interior genre. As of my knowledge cutoff date in April 2023, it is housed at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

The artwork presents a view from the interior of a sparsely furnished room that opens directly onto a sunlit sea. The stark contrast of the interior shadows with the bright daylight emphasizes the division between the two spaces. The door stands ajar, allowing the viewer to gaze out at the expansive blue waters, hinting at a feeling of solitude or contemplation. Hopper’s use of light and shadow, as well as his characteristic simplification of form, imparts a sense of stillness and introspection, inviting the viewer to linger within the silent narrative suggested by the scene. The absence of human presence, a common theme in Hopper’s work, intensifies the sense of isolation, turning the room into an tableau of quiet withdrawal from the world outside.

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